Ascent of Dock Butte on 2010-07-09

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Friday, July 9, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dock Butte
    Elevation:5239 ft / 1596 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove up close to the trailhead but was blocked by snow about 500 ft short. The parking lot for the TH still had about 2ft of snow. I found the TH for Blue Lake and followed some old foot prints down the trail. I soon realized the trail was actually going to Blue Lake, so I left the trail and climbed up the steep slope to the ridge line that leads to Dock Butte. The ridge was snow covered and I could see glimpses of Dock Butte in the distance through the trees. The snow was good to walk on and I made good progress roughly following where I thought the trail may be located. When I got to the saddle on the east side of the Dock Butte, the snow was off the ridge on the south south side and I noticed a climbers trail going up the ridge. I climbed directly up the east ridge to the summit. Great views of Mt Baker. I thought I could see climbers on the railroad grade. Maybe I was just anticipating my climb scheduled for next week.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1712 ft / 521 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Standard Route with variation
    Trailhead:3527 ft / 1075 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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